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Up to 2 feet of March snowfall in upper reaches of Kashmir - temperature drops 7 degrees Celsius below normal

Snowfall in upper reaches and rains in plains of the Kashmir Valley on Monday brought a fresh cold wave as the mercury slipped seven degrees below the normal temperature for this part of the year, officials said.

Gulmarg tourist destination in north Kashmir received nearly two feet of fresh snow since Sunday night while many other hilly areas of Kashmir received moderate to light snowfall, the officials said.

They said snow-clearance machines have been pressed into action in the affected areas.

Ice Cube

Hail, yes: Chunks of ice rain down during storm in Florida

Florida hail
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Some Floridians were treated to a rare sight on Saturday: hail on the ground looked like snow.
It's been that kind of year. An iceberg the size of Los Angeles broke off the main coast of Antarctica last week. On Saturday, Florida residents were shoveling ice after a hailstorm raged through Daytona Beach.

"I moved south to get away from this. Who shovels in flip-flops?" a man asks as he clears the pathway in front of his home in a video posted to Twitter on Saturday.

"I thought he moved to Florida to escape the snow," the man's daughter, Meribeth Evans, says off-camera.


Record 93 dolphin and whale deaths reported in first 2 months of 2021 in Ireland

Missing: Fungie the dolphin, who has lived for decades near the Dingle Peninsula, Co Kerry, is 'more likely' to have died.

Missing: Fungie the dolphin, who has lived for decades near the Dingle Peninsula, Co Kerry, is 'more likely' to have died.
Mystery surrounds the worst spate of dolphin and whale strandings on record in Ireland.

There have been 93 dead dolphins, whales and porpoises washed up along the coast in the first two months of the year - the highest number ever recorded in that time period.

Four were successfully refloated after efforts from volunteers but 89 died.

Last year, the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group received 70 reports of the animals washing up dead in the winter months, which was unprecedented, but it was surpassed this year with 93 strandings.

Cloud Precipitation

Heavy rainfall and flash flood in Malacca, Malaysia

Heavy rainfall and flash flood in Malacca, Malaysia today - 06/03/2021.

Cloud Precipitation

Dozens rescued after flash floods in south Spain - 5 inches of rain in 24 hours

Floods in Cadiz Province, Spain, March 2021.
© Bomberos Cadiz
Floods in Cadiz Province, Spain, March 2021.
Heavy rain from 05 March caused flash flooding in Andalusia and Murcia regions of southern Spain.

According to AEMET, in a 24 hour period to 05 March, 127.2mm of rain fell in Estepona in Málaga Province and 77.8mm in Tarifa in the province of Cádiz, both in Andalusia. San Roque in Cádiz recorded 92.6mm the following day.

Emergency Services in Andalusia (112 Andalucía) reported that they rescued a total of 55 people from flooded homes in Los Barrios in the province of Cádiz where the Palmones River broke its banks. Three of those rescued required healthcare for hypothermia. Areas around San Roque, Tarifa and Algeciras were also flooded and at least 6 roads in the province were closed as a result. 112 Andalucía said flooding from the overflowing Guadiaro River left several areas in Sotogrande cut off.

Comment: Flash flood in Aguilas, Spain


Swarm of 20,000 earthquakes could trigger Iceland's volcanoes to erupt

Aerial view of the Reykjanes peninsula, Iceland
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Aerial view of the Reykjanes peninsula, Iceland, some 50 kilometres west of the capital Reykjavik – one of the three most seismically active areas on the planet.
Fiery eruptions spewing from Iceland's volcanoes could follow the tens of thousands of earthquakes that have shaken the nation over the past fortnight, scientists fear.

Experts monitoring underground magma movements in the Reykjanes Peninsula, in southwest Iceland, are on tenterhooks. Seismic whispers and changes in the land's shape mean an "effusive volcanic eruption could occur", according to the Icelandic Meteorological Office (IMO). But so far, nothing has happened.

"That's something new. We didn't expect that," Dr Dave McGarvie, a volcanologist at Lancaster University said. The researcher told National Geographic that "people started wondering, what the hell is going on here?" when magma moving towards the earth's surface began to die down - after an eruption appeared to be just hours away.

Murmurs in the region, first detected over a year ago, have culminated in more than 20,000 earthquakes since activity began on 24 February, according to the IMO.

Comment: Scientists in Iceland say 'strong signs' volcanic eruption is imminent


Mount Etna erupts for the 10th time in 3 weeks, raining rocks and ash down on Catania, Sicily

etna ash sicily

Ash and rocks rained down on nearby towns in Sicily
Europe's biggest and most active volcano has been erupting since mid-February, raining ash and smoke over Sicily's eastern coast. Mount Etna last erupted at 2am local time (1am GMT) on Sunday, March 7, in a spectacular display of nature's fireworks. The eruption, or paroxysm, saw "impressive lava fountains" shoot into the sky from Etna's northeast crater, according to volcanologists at Volcano Discovery.

Activity picked up in the wee morning hours on Sunday after three days of relative peace and quiet.

Volcano Discovery said: "This marks the 10th paroxysm in a row in a remarkable series since February 16.

"Intervals between individual eruptions have been regular, ranging between 36 hours to 3.5 days only, and there are no signs that this series is ending soon."

Lava fountaining at Etna's crater was preceded by a spike in volcanic tremors - a surefire sign of magma rushing to the surface.

The volcano belched a column of ash and smoke that left nearby towns covered in ash and was even picked up by satellites, according to BBC Weather.

A report issued by the Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Toulouse (VAAC) on Sunday warned of sulphur dioxide (SO2) mixed with ice and some ash in the clouds around the volcano.

Cloud Precipitation

Flash flood in Aguilas, Spain

Los Alcázares had sent out workers to check on drains and Protección Civíl was on patrol in San Pedro del Pinatar.

The rain in Spain stayed mainly in Águilas on Sunday morning, as rainfall inland swept down into the ramblas which disgorged into the Mediterranean, leading to lucky escapes for two vehicle owners, and left over 60mm of rain in Águilas itself.

The original forecast had been for the worst of the rain to hit Mazarrón and the Campo de Cartagena all around the Mar Menor, but in this area the maximum rainfall was around 40mm in Los Alcázares, leading to plenty of muddy puddles and minor flooding, but there were no significant problems as there have been in the past.

Cloud Lightning

Cyclone Niran causes extensive damage in New Caledonia

Tropical cyclone Niran has injured at least one person and caused extensive damage in New Caledonia, according to early reports.

The cyclone hit today, generating gusts of up to 220km/h.

RRB radio reported a child was injured by shards of glass from a bay window during the storm.

About 20,000 people are without power and roofs have also been ripped off buildings in the town of Dumbea, on the outskirts of Noumea.

Several ships have also been forced aground on the coast in Noumea although, according to a provisional report, no major damage was recorded following the cyclone, the intensity of which was a little lower than expected.

Cloud Precipitation

10 dead or missing after flash floods in Chlef Province, Algeria

Civil Protection Search Operations After Floods
© Civil Protection Algeria
Civil Protection Search Operations After Floods in Chlef Province, Algeria, March 2021.
At least 10 people died or are missing after flash floods in Chlef Province of Algeria on 06 March 2021.

Civil Protection said that the Chlef Province experienced heavy rainfall on 06 March, causing the Wadi Meknasa to flood in an areas of the Oud Sly Commune, west of the city of Chlef. Three vehicles were swept away in the flooding and nearby houses damaged.

As of 07 March, 7 fatalities had been reported as a result of the floods. Five of the deceased are believed to be from the same family. Civil Protection and other emergency workers continue to search for 3 missing people.

Severe flooding recently affected the province of Jijel in northern Algeria after 140mm of rain fell in 24 hours to 21 December.